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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 65 reviews
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Exactly what I needed

★★★★★
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I was very impressed with what Matt and Jeanae have put together at New Life. Bring your camera! The property is incredible with hiking trails and lots to explore, the food is superb and left my belly happy the entire trip, and the ceremonies were very well organized and intimate. Matt's icaros are out of this world, and some of the songs from ceremony are still ringing in my head a week later :) The small group sizes were one of the things that drew me into New Life, and I wasn't disappointed. I had a great time getting to know the other people in my group and sharing our experiences. Everyone helped me interpret and understand my visions, including Matt, Jeanae, Andy (our amazing chef), and the wonderful souls I drank with in ceremony. The medicine is very potent, and being my first experience with Ayahuasca I'm glad I chose a place that was able to provide this with a feeling of safety and comfortability. The massage was wonderful and the day-trip to the waterfall was a perfect way to spend our day off between ceremonies. Matt and Jeanae are very genuine individuals that do their best to provide a safe and transformative journey for each of their guests. The retreat left me with a greater love and appreciation for myself. Now at home, I have a newfound motivation/inspiration to live a more productive life. If you feel a calling from the medicine, the 5-day retreat is a great affordable option for your first journey!

An Amazing Place

★★★★★
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New Life Ayahausca is located a comfortable drive from San Jose Airport in a secluded farming area. The vistas and the property is absolutely stunning. I appreciated the comfortable surroundings of the facility, it exceeded any expectation I had. It was more like a 5 star resort. The facilitators, Matt and Jeanae, are wonderful souls;they exude a delightful kindness and compassion to all their guests. There is no doubt that they've been called by the spirit to provide healing to those that seek out Mother Aya. Matt sings icaros throughout ceremony and they are very powerful and healing. The food is incredibly good, freshly prepared with finest ingredients and always plentiful. I'll be back again when Madre calls and it would never cross my mind to go elsewhere. I highly recommend New Life Ayahuasca.

Eternally Grateful

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I write this review with the utmost amazement, gratitude, and love in my heart for Jennae, Matt, and their two helpers Jake and Andy. What you do for others, and for yourselves, has moved me to tears many times since meeting you at New Life Ayahuasca. I am eternally grateful to each of you for making my experience unforgettable. Like most first-timers, I was nervous yet excited to drink Ayahuasca. I had been battling severe anxiety and hypochondria for months, and I was no longer OK with having my day run by such viruses of the mind. I had done enough psychedelics in the past, as well as research, and felt as though I experienced a gravitational pull to Ayahuasca during the several months leading up to my arrival at New Life. By my side for this adventure, like many other adventures, was my (now fiance who I proposed to at the retreat) Kat. I felt ready. We all later joked about how fairly easy it was to spot the others in the group at the airport based on clothing, mannerisms, and reading material. Once we met, the conversation flowed. I think we were all surprised with how open and transparent everyone was about why they had chosen to travel to Costa Rica to drink the mother’s milk. I couldn’t have been happier with the character, humor, sincerity, intelligence, and introspectiveness that prevailed throughout the group. When we all arrived at the actual property, we were all completely awestruck. Jennae and Matt gave us a tour around the house that sits atop a hill overlooking the mountains and ocean. It was absolutely stunning. Everything about the house was comfortable. The actual ceremony was beautiful, and the amount of care, attention to detail, passion, and love that went into it was incredible. We couldn’t say enough about Matt, the leader (or chaman) of the ceremony. He puts his heart and soul into each session, and how exhausted and spent he appeared each night was a testament to that effort. His singing was other-worldly, his guitar-playing inspirational, and his presence was very comforting. Throughout the week, we ate like royalty. The food, compliments of Andy, was gangbusters! Absolutely top-notch! Kat and I stuck strictly to the diet (la dieta) for 10 days prior to our trip, and didn’t cook nearly as well as Andy did for us. It made the experience even more enjoyable. We had access to the humungous pool, a yoga gym, a wealth of reading material, the most entertaining cats, WIFI, and plenty of land to traverse and explore. They even took us to a gorgeous beach the day after our first ceremony. Kambo (the poison from a tree frog) was another experience that was offered to us. It is a very intense yet rewarding ceremony during which Jennae administers a small amount of the neurotoxin to your left arm. A few seconds later and the effects begin. It is a challenging experience but highly worth it, as it is common to feel a higher level of mental clarity, less inflammation, and happier overall. During the kambo ceremony, Jennae is very informative, caring, and as calming as she is during the Ayahuasca ceremony. Overall, my experience was 10 / 10. Jennae and Matt run a very professional and comfortable retreat that I would recommend to anyone. Drinking Ayahuasca can be hard work, and for me, having Jennae, Jake, and Andy as caretakers (for when you can’t find your bucket in the dark haha), and Matt, who was like a real-life Gandalf guiding us through the spirit world, made this experience unforgettable. This life we live is an adventure, and drinking Ayahuasca at New Life just amplified it for me. If I was to drink Ayahuasca again, I wouldn’t think twice about returning to New Life.
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Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica

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The view from our back patio

Costa Rica is the perfect place for an ayahuasca retreat. The nature, beauty and laid back atmosphere contribute to the therapeutic value of our ayahuasca retreats. Costa Rica has an easy-going culture with the country motto “Pura Vida” which translates to “Pure Life.” The weather is perfect year round, with average temperatures around 77 degrees. Ticos (the local term for a Costa Rican), are said to be some of the happiest people in the world and it is easy to understand why.

Costa Rica has two seasons – dry season and rainy season. The rainy season is from around May/June – December and dry season is from around January – May/June.  Rainy season is great because everything is very green and alive and the mornings typically start out sunny and the rain comes in through out the day – its warm during the day but can cool off with the rains and at night. Dry season is great because it doesn’t rain, meaning warm days (still cool nights), clear skies and beautiful sunsets but the landscape gets very dry and ‘brown’. Please keep these factors in mind when booking your retreat.

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Why choose New Life Ayahuasca in Costa Rica?

  • FACILITYOur modern facility provides comfort during this profound experience. Private rooms, attached bathrooms, hot water, WIFI, gym, pool, massage and vast property to explore all make our facility an ideal place for a healing retreat.
  • BREWOur brew is made in Peru by a reputable Shaman and is free of any potentially dangerous or harmful additives or fillers such as Daturda (toe) which if used in improper quantities could be fatal.
  • INTIMATE GROUPSWhile some ayahuasca retreat facilities will host up to 30 guests at once, we limit participation per retreat to 8 so we can provide individualized attention and support during such a profound experience.
  • TRAVELNot only is Costa Rica the safest country in Central America, but it is also extremely easy to get to. Flights are significantly cheaper (appx. $500 round trip) to Costa Rica than anywhere in South America, and we provide complimentary pick-up at SJO airport for arrivals between 11AM-1PM, making the transition to our facility stress-free.
  • SAFETYWhile ayahuasca is primarily considered safe, there are certain medications and conditions that could cause complications during participation. We conduct  a brief medical screening to be sure all participants can safely consume ayahuasca and are here to answer any questions you may have.
  • CEREMONIAL GUIDEMatt’s intentions and passion in his work are unparalleled. There is no question of his integrity and his sincerity in his mission to help others. His presence during ceremony is strong and grounding, and his Icaros and unique way of playing a Tibetan signing bowl help guide the participants’ experience.

 

New Life Ayahuasca is one of very few ayahuasca retreat facilities in Costa Rica. We conduct a medical screening (which few facilities include) to be sure all potential participants can safely consume ayahuasca. We provide all meals in accordance with the ayahuasca diet. All ayahuasca brew used at our ceremonies is made using only home-grown plants from Peru. All medicine is hand-made and free of datura(toe), which is a poisonous flower that can be dangerous, even fatal, if used in the wrong quantities. Our ceremonies are performed by a shaman or experienced ceremonial leader.

You may refer to our page with Frequently Asked Questions about ayahuasca to get more information about us and ayahuasca. New Life Ayahuasca is happy to answer any questions you have about our staff, our facility, our brew or our ceremonies.

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Our facility in Costa Rica

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Part of our 20 acre property

The New Life Ayahuasca facility is situated off a secluded dirt road about 80 minutes outside of SJO (Juan Santamaría International Airport). Costa Rica offers lush land filled with a variety of native plants and animals. We provide all locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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Why is ayahuasca illegal in the US?

In the United States, DMT is a Schedule I drug because of its hallucinogenic properties. The legal status in the United States of DMT-containing plants is somewhat questionable. Ayahuasca plants and preparations are legal, as they contain no scheduled chemicals. However, when the ingredients are used in a brew, the DMT becomes active, so any brew made using DMT containing plants is illegal. That said, some people are challenging this, using arguments similar to those used by religious sects. (From Wikipedia)

This forces most who want to experience ayahuasca retreats to travel outside the united states. Recently, with ayahuasca’s growing popularity, many ayahuasca facilities have opened in South America, specifically in Peru. This is why doing thorough research before picking a retreat facility is so important. Many of the new facilities that have popped up around the region of Peru have bad reputations or false shamans. Always know who is conducting ceremony and gather information about the brew used and what it contains.